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COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Alexander Wolff
March 02, 1987
SHOWING BRASS
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March 02, 1987

College Basketball

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Drop a team 12 notches and what does it do? Oklahoma sprang for 133 points—51 on treys—while scorching Nebraska. New Mexico State had UNLV down by 22 at home, only to lose 80-69. And after whupping Northwestern, Wisconsin and Minnesota by a grand total of seven points, Indiana rolled to its ninth straight victory, 84-75 over Iowa. Call it the Hoosiers' Season in the Pink.

 

LAST WEEK

1. UNLV (28-1)

1

2. N. CAROLINA (25-2)

2

3. TEMPLE (28-2)

3

4. INDIANA (23-2)

4

5. PURDUE (20-3)

5

6. DEPAUL (24-1)

7

7. G'TOWN (21-4)

9

8. IOWA (23-4)

6

9. ALABAMA (21-4)

10

10. PITT (22-5)

8

11. ILLINOIS (19-6)

14

12. SYRACUSE (22-5)

11

13. OKLAHOMA (21-5)

16

14. KANSAS (21-7)

12

15. TCU (22-4)

15

16. CLEMSON (24-3)

13

17. N. ORLEANS (22-3)

18. UTEP (21-5)

19. DUKE (21-6)

17

19.9. MIAMI* (13-14)

*Sure Tito's young, but the Tropical Depressions shouldn't lose to Florida by 39. And a 97-47 win over Armstrong State is no big deal, especially since the Pirates played without star Don Johnson. Don Johnson?

SHOWING BRASS

Through most of the first half of Cornell's 83-59 win over Brown on Feb. 13, a fan rode the visiting Bruins relentlessly. Shortly before intermission Brown coach Mike Cingiser responded by tossing a cup of water and a warning in the direction of the offender. Any more of it, the coach said, and the entire water-cooler would follow. "I'm fair game, but my players aren't," Cingiser said.

The fan obliged. For the second half he confined his remarks to Cingiser, calling him "Harry Carson," after the New York Giants' cooler-dumping linebacker.

Another coach, name of Knight, dealt somewhat differently when faced with rowdy spectators during Indiana's recent visit to Northwestern. Fans in the student section pelted the Indiana bench with ice and chanted "Season on the Brink. Knight, you stink." They were referring to the No. 1 best-seller on Knight and his Hoosiers, about which the Indiana coach has expressed his displeasure.

As Knight was leaving the floor at halftime the taunting continued, and as the coach passed by the Wildcat band a student musician bumped him. Knight grabbed one of the bandsmen and had to be restrained by assistants Joby Wright and Dan Dakich. Knight then demanded that a security guard have the offending horn blower removed, "Or there won't be a second half."

Sure enough, the Wildcats made do in the second half with one less tenor saxophone player and ended up losing to the Hoosiers 77-75.

PEAY-JA VU

Austin Peay has this odd habit of repeating itself. Lake Kelly, who first coached the Governors from 1971 to '77, was rehired in 1985. This season the team lost back-to-back games when, in January, Eastern Kentucky and Murray State each sank free throws with no time left on the clock.

In February things took a turn for the better but became no less repetitive. Govs forward Lawrence Mitchell scored 43 points in a defeat of Eastern. Two nights later Austin Peay beat Morehead State. Of course, Mitchell scored 43 points again.

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